Public Forum: Sharing best practices to promote anti-racism and inclusion on our campus

To support the work currently underway by the President’s Advisory Committee for an Anti-Racist and Inclusive Campus, the President and Vice-Chancellor is pleased to invite members of the University community to a public forum on March 12, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., in room 4101 of Desmarais Hall. During this forum, experts and researchers in various fields will present outside perspectives, best practices and recommendations for our community and the committee to consider as we move forward on our anti-racism and inclusion strategies and objectives.

The event will be moderated by Sarah Onyango, a well-known fixture on Ottawa’s radio and community television scene. Sarah is a translator by trade and hosts the monthly African cultural program Fontonfrom, on Rogers TV Cable 22 – Ottawa as well as the weekly radio programs, Black on Black, Afrika Revisited and Ici l'Afrique on CHUO 89.1FM (University of Ottawa community radio). She has also written articles for The Spectrum, a monthly Black community newspaper which was published from 1984 to 2013. 

A tireless promoter of African and Caribbean culture and activities, Sarah has for many years been actively involved in public relations work for various African and Caribbean diplomatic missions as well as numerous community organizations such as Black History Ottawa, Fête Caribe, DreamKEEPERS, the Jamaican (Ottawa) Community Association, and the United Way. 

The public forum will include the following four panelists:


Yasir Naqvi is the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC), Canada’s leading voice on citizenship and inclusion. Prior to joining the ICC, Yasir served as a Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for almost 11 years, representing a downtown, urban and diverse community in Ottawa, Ontario. In that time, he served as the Attorney General of Ontario, Government House Leader, the Minister of Labour, and the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. As Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, he was instrumental in introducing new regulations to provide clear and consistent rules for voluntary police-public interactions. 




Kat Ying is an undergraduate student enrolled in her final year of a Juris Doctor Program at the University of Ottawa. Kat is currently working on a directed research project on best practices in North American universities and colleges with the objective of identifying solutions, including a toolkit, for the University of Ottawa. Her main areas of interest are human rights law, sustainable development and social economy. She has a background in social change, community-based organizations and administration.





Mante Molepo is the Equity and Diversity Advisor at the Ottawa Catholic School Board. As a lawyer and human rights advocate, Mante is committed to achieving equity in the education system. She is a founding member and Director of Parents for Diversity, a non-profit organization committed to achieving equitable and inclusive schools. Mante is also on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International Canada, the Parkdale Food Centre and EcoEquitable where she works on issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion.




Alain Babineau After 30 years in law enforcement, Alain Babineau retired as a Staff Sergeant from the RCMP in 2016. Alain is currently an advisor with the Center for Research Action on Race Relations in Montreal, on issues of racial profiling in private and public security. Some of his main interests revolve around police management accountability, and the use of alternative dispute resolution in law enforcement to mitigate internal and external conflicts.


Suggested Readings

Addressing Privilege

Peggy McIntosh, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”

Leticia Nieto, “Understanding Oppression: Strategies in Addressing Power and Privilege”

Dealing with Resistance

Roger Hewitt, "White Backlash and the Politics of Multiculturalism.” The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: (2006) 33(3) Article 18

Frances Henry, The Colour of Democracy: Racism in Canadian Society 2009 4th Edition, Toronto: Nelson Thomson) 

Racial Profiling

Racial Profiling Fact Sheet, Ontario Human Rights Commission

Frances Henry, Racial Profiling: Challenging the Myth of a “Few Bad Apples,”

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